Organised by the Malaysia Federation of Hokkien Associations (FHAM), the show offers visitors a glimpse of not only the 45 years of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, but also the historical and cultural interactions between the two countries dating back further than you realise.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the fact that Malaysia, the first Asean country to establish diplomatic ties with China, was able to maintain 45 years of diplomatic relations with the Asian giant was an achievement to be proud of.
“I understand that the history of the two countries date back to almost 2,000 years, all the way to Ming Dynasty and the time of Admiral Cheng Hoe.
“I hope that both Malaysia and China will continue to develop and defend this long and strong relationship,” he said at the exhibition’s launch.
FHAM president Tan Sri Lim Hock San said “A History of Malaysian-Sino Interactions” was organised with the support of China embassy in Malaysia.
“There are several objectives. One is to offer Malaysians an understanding of the diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China before and after they were officially established.
“It also offers insight into the details of Malaysia being the first country in the South-East Asian region to establish diplomatic ties with China, besides fostering a love for Malaysia.
“As a Malaysian, we should love our country and contribute as much as we can to the nation,” added Lim.
Also present at the event were Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming, China embassy minister counsellor to Malaysia Chen Chen, FHAM past presidents as well as senior leaders from Chinese associations and federations.
“A History of Malaysian-Sino Interactions” displays written accounts and pictures of political events and diplomatic activities between Malaysia and China, exploring such areas and perspectives over a 2,000-year history, their present economic relations, Chinese clan associations in Malaysia and prominent Chinese Malaysian personalities.
The exhibition features over 300 carefully selected photographs, historical objects, records and publications.
It covers four topics, including 2,000 years of Malaysian-Sino interactions before 1974, ethnic Hokkien Chinese and their roles in Malaysian-Sino cultural exchanges, and a historical review of the 45 years of Malaysian-Sino diplomatic relations.
There is also an augmented reality feature that allows visitors to have their photos taken with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Chinese president Xi Jinping.
The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is free.
For details, call 03-2148 8335/435.
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